Give mind the lead?

Here in the west, we have placed the mind on the pedestal over all other functions. We feel that an intelligent mind must be constantly busy with thoughts, analyzing and weighing facts. It is in this way, after all, that we come to understand the greatest mysteries of our existence!

Not at all. In the east, the practice of meditation goes back thousands of years, and the aim is to quiet the mind, to slow down the endless chatter or nagging questions that keeps the mind spinning around like a dog chasing its own tail. “The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master” said Robin Sharma. The practiced meditator knows well that we only find such answers by going within, not without, and by going beyond the mind, not by thinking.

Mind should be seen as a tool that serves us, not the other way around. When we are used by it, it becomes like a wild horse that takes us hither and yon. And ultimately, we lose our true connection to life and to being.

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